The Mayor of Port Royal, The Town Council and the Staff invite you visit our Town, which is one of the area's more historic towns.  It was first established in 1652 as a port at the head of sea-going navigation on the Rappahannock River during an era when waterways were the fastest and easiest method of transportation of people and property in the British colony of Virginia.  It was an important point for export of tobacco, Virginia's cash crop. 

Port Royal was named after the Roy family.  Dorothy Roy and her husband, John owned a warehouse chartered by the crown, a ferry service across the Rappahannock River to King George County, and a tavern.  The chimneys of the Roy House are preserved landmarks in the town. 

The Town was incorporated in 1744.  The "town green", upon which stands today, the Town Hall and the Firehouse, was forever reserved "for public and civic use".  

The Town offers much to see and do throughout the year.  Take a walk along the streets and take a self guided tour, pamphlets are available on this web-site or in front of the Masonic Lodge, located on King Street.  Attend the many free events, which include the Historic Port Royal's July 4th event with the reading of the Declaration of Independence, experience the Pirate Invasion, visit the museums, antique stores, and dine at one of our three restaurants.  The town is most proud of our recent accomplishment, the Town Municipal Pier, located at the bottom of King Street.  The landing also offers a soft launch for Kyakers and Canoe enthusiast to enjoy a day exploring the banks of the Rappahannock River.